ADVENTURE CANOE TOURS

Come with us as we take you on an adventurous tour along the Mighty Sepik River. Get to meet the local people, learn about the culture and traditions and experience how living along the river feels like.

We have a few tours to choose from.

See our list below.

SAT 1 - MIDDLE, UPPER SEPIK TOUR

(2 nights, 3 days)

OPTION 1 - 2 nights/ 3 days middle Sepik

Day 1.  Depart Wewak for Pagwi meet waiting canoe then travel to Palimbe village

             Explore village and overnight Palimbe village.

Day 2   Depart Palimbe village to Kanganamun, Aibom, Chambri lakes then return

             Walk to Yamok and overnight at Leinga  village Yamok Torembi area.

Day 3    Depart Leinga village to Pagwi then return to Wewak and overnight Wewak.

OPTION 2 - 2 nights/ 3 days upper Sepik

Day 1    Depart Wewak for Pagwi meet waiting canoe then travel to Ambunti and

              Continue to Wagu Lakes and overnight wagu village.

Day 2    Depart Wagu village for Tongijamb, return then trek to Mayo village, meet

              Canoe Then visit Yesan village and return to Ambunti and overnight at Ambunti

              Lodge.

Day 3    Depart Ambunti for Pagwi meet waiting vehicle and return to Wewak

OPTION 3 - 2 nights/ 3 days middle Sepik Palimbe Chambri Lakes

Day 1.  Depart Wewak for Pagwi meet waiting canoe then travel to Palimbe village

             Explore village and overnight Palimbe village.

Day 2   Depart Palimbe village to Kanganamun, Aibom, Chambri lakes then return

             To Palimbe and overnight t Palimbe village.

Day 3    Depart Palimbe to Pagwi then return to Wewak and overnight Wewak.

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SAT 2 - MIDDLE, UPPER SEPIK ARTIFACTS TOUR

(3 nights, 4 days)

Day 01        

Departing Wewak by vehicle will take you over the Prince Alexander Ranges through to Passam,Kubalia,Yangoru,Hayfield/Maprik,Wosera to reach Pagwi. Most of the road is sealed, there is a one hour drive which is stil dirt road.From Pagwi station ou will travel to Palimbe.There is a cluster of three villages, Palimbe, Yenchan and Kanganamun. These villages have stood firm against the invasion of Christianity. They still have their Haus Tambarans and practice their customs including the initiation or scarification on young boys that depict the crocodile as symbol of power and strength. The villages are also famous artists and they make carvings with bird heads

Day 02      

The Sepik River is a vast volume of water. Its approximately 1200 km long,10 to 12 meters deep and 100 to 200 meters wide in some areas. Going into Aibom and Chambri lakes is a good experience to get off the main river and encounter narrow black water tributary with more bird life and fishing activities until you reach Chambri lakes. Aibom village is famous for ceramic art which is made of earth and baked on fire to make the pots sustainable,while chambri is famous for ceremonial spears and polished art works and have good spirit house (Haus Tambaran). The main Sepik River can become monotonous  meandering through floating logs, and floating islands until you reach Ambunti and a turn off into the Wasui Lagoon in the evening you will rupture into a vast lake environment full of herons, cormorants, wild ducks, egrets, kites, Jacanas and a 1000 plus species of water birds. As you canoe further into the tributary the majestic Hun stein range approaches rapidly until you reach the foot hill at Wagu village to overnight in the village guest house.

Day 03       

Hun stein range is a wild life management area and is a project established by the village communities with the help of WWF to protect some of the last remaining rainforests and ecosystems in the world.  Early morning departure to the rainforest to see the bird of paradise then return and continue on to yesan, Maio, Meno Tongijamb and return to overnight at Ambunti Lodge.

Day 04       

Travel from Ambunti to Pagwi is approximately 2 hours on the way you will be passing through Malu, Avatip villages they are same language group of the Manambu tribe.  Just before Pagwi is Japande village of the start of the Yatmul language speaking group of the middle sepik. Meet with waiting vehicle at Pagwi then travel to Wewak via Maprik.

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SAT 3 - MIDDLE, UPPER SEPIK EXPLORATION

(4 nights, 5 days)

 

Day 01         

7.00 am departing Wewak by vehicle will take you over the Prince Alexander Ranges through to Passam,Kubalia,Yangoru,Hayfield/Maprik,Wosera to reach Pagwi.The road is sealed, with ocassional bumps due to pot holes.From Pagwi station you will travel to Palimbe.There is a cluster of three villages, Palimbe, Yenchan and Kanganamun. These villages have stood firm against the invasion of Christianity. They still have their Haus Tambarans and practice their customs including the initiation or scarification on young boys that depict the crocodile as symbol of power and strength. The villages are also famous artists and they make carvings with bird heads.

Day 02         

Explore the villages then depart by lunch time to Ambunti then continue to Wagu village and over night at Wagu village. Hun stein range is a wild life management area and is a project established by the village communities with the help of WWF to protect some of the last remaining rainforests and ecosystems in the world. Wagu village is the first village in the Bhinemo language group and it extends to Gahom, Niksek, Kagiru and April River area. You can see bird of paradise in the forest at Wagu village. The bird species are the Lesser and greater birds of paradise found in the low lands of Papua New Guinea.

Day 03         

Depart Wagu village for meno Tongijamb.  There is a cluster of five villages who Speak the Kowma language. Their main Ceremonies  are based on the Yena, Minja and Nokwi ceremonies after yam harvest. After visiting these villages return to the main Sepik River and continue to Swagap village and overnight at Swagap village.

Day 04           

Explore Swagap village then return to Ambunti with a stop at Yesan then to Ambunti to overnight in Ambunti Lodge. Between Ambunti and Swagap are the villages of Apan, Yambon, Prognaui, Yesan Mayo, Kumbawe then you reach Swagap. There is a Mixture of languages And ethnic groups, There is bit of Iatmul, and Ngala language groups. The More acclaimed are the Swagap people, whose culture and arts is known as the Insect tribe because their artifact is based on the praying mentis.

Day 05           

Depart Early for Pagwi then travel by road to Konebandu village for a mini show and dislay of artifacts and decorated yams (in the Yam Harvest Season)then continue on to Wewak and overnight in Wewak.

 Between Ambunti and Pagwi are the Villages of Malu, Avatip, Yaumbak and Japandai. Malu and Avatip are of the Manambu language speaking group. And Japandai is of the Yatmul language Speaking group.

 Between Pagwi and Maprik you will travel trough part of the Sepik Plains that stretches almost the entire length of the Sepik River to Telefomin. Maprik and Wosera areas are famous for its sky scraper, haus Tambarans and Yam festivals. You will return to Wewak passing through  Yangoru , Kubalia, over the Prince Alexander ranges and back to Wewak. The area is best known as the Huanjo Culture (Flying Fox) which is one of their staple protein with sago and taro, yams, bananas and vegetables       

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SAT 7 - AMBUNTI LODGE BASED TOUR

(2 nights, 3 days)

Option 1 - 2 nights/3 days  Upper Sepik

Day 1. 7.00 am depart from hotel  in Wewak to Pagwi by vehicle (3/4) hours drive connect with waiting canoe and start your Sepik Adventure to Palimbe,  Ambunti to overnight at Ambunti Lodge. If time available do a half day tour and over night at Ambunti Lodge. (LD)

Day 2. Early morning deprture to Wagu village on the bank of the Wasui lagoon at the foothills of the Hunstein Mountains. Enter the rainforest and walk to see the greater and lesser birds of paradise in the its natural habitat, then continue to yesan then to Swagap and return to Ambunti and overnight Ambunti Lodge.

Day 3. Depart Ambunti to Pagwi then to Wewak via Konebandu village in the Maprik area known as the Abelam people. Then continue to Wewak and overnight in a hotel.

Option 2 - 3 nights/4 days                                                                                                                

Day 1. 7.00 am depart from Hotel in Wewak travel to Pagwi  (3/4) hours connect with waiting canoe then travel to Palimbe then return to Ambunti to overnight at Ambunti Lodge.

Day 2.  Full day tour to Meno, Tongijamb, return then to Yesan , Ma yo village then  return to Ambunti to overnight at Ambunti Lodge.

Day 3.  Full day tour to Swagap and return to overnight at Ambunti Lodge.

Day 4.  Early morning departur to Wagu village on the Wasui lagoon at the foothills of  Mt. Hunstein walk to the forest to see bird of paradise then return to Ambunti have lunch then continue to Pagwi and to Konebandu village in the Maprik area and continue to Wewak to reach Wewak and overnight in Wewak.

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SAT 10 - SEPIK RIVER CROCODILE FESTIVAL

& APANGAI VILLAGE YAM FESTIVAL 

(4 nights, 5 days)

Day 01

Depart Wewak by vehicle a 4 hours drive to Pagwi then jump into waiting canoes, and on this day you will visit a commercial crocodile farm, then continue up river to Ambunti station
check in at Ambunti Lodge and overnight (LD)
Day 02  

At 9 am the first day of Crocodile festival starts, so it’s a 15 minutes walk to the festival grounds and join every one for the opening of the festival,you may experience a slow start with a few singsing groups and some sports activities and school childrens (pikinini culture) activities
and the activities continue and closes the day at 4 pm. (8pm to 9pm night crocodile spoting) then overnight (BLD)
Day 03 

Usually at this period is dry season and most tributaries are draining out to the main Sepik river if river conditions are access able, you depart Ambunti Lodge early at 5 am to Wagu lakes to to visit the bird of Paradise in its natural habitat in the rain forest. After arriving you will walk
about 30 mins each way to the bird sactuary and see the bird of Paradise, you will need your
trekking boots and your binaculars as the birds sing and dance about 30/40 ft up in the tree.
After seeing the birds you return to the canoe and come to the village, short visit then return to Ambunti Lodge, have breakfast and continue at the festival. Alternative will be to visit Yesan, Meno and Tangujamb village return. Overnight Ambunti Lodge (BLD)
Day 04 

Today is the final day for the festival and there will be more traditional sinsings and other
activities starting 9 am and finishes at 4 pm in the afternoon. Then overnight at Ambunti Lodge (BLD)
Day 05 

8 am Depart Ambunti Lodge return to Pagwi meet vehicles and return Wewak. On the way you will detour and drive into Apangai village and enter into rupture with further drum beats it may
sound boring but this village is very Unique and they will be staging the Yam festival. A traditon
that is very different from the Sepik River area. You will have the opportunity to actually see the
and witness the actual fertility goddess temple in the Spirit house. The Papua New Guinea Parliament house is build in resemlance of Maprik style Spirit house. After spending time there we will retract to main road and proceed back to Wewak to reach Wewak about 5 pm and over night in the Hotel.
Day 06 

Depart Wewak and East Sepik for other Destinations or return home.

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